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Job Summary

Why Join the Psychiatric Emergency Services team

As a member of this team, you will have clinical responsibility to conduct new patient evaluations including suicide risk assessment for adult and children in an acute care setting. This includes assessment, DSM-V diagnoses, treatment planning, crisis intervention and discharge planning.  Additionally, you will provide brief individual and family crisis psychotherapy, patient education using best practice models which are applicable to PES practice settings.

The Department of Social Work strives to foster an environment of respect, diversity and inclusion; a place where every person feels valued and can thrive. 

What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to? 

  • 2:1 match on retirement savings
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day one of employment
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Financial support for continuing education and certifications

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


You will be responsible for:

  • Providing psychiatric crisis care management services for adult and children populations including telephone crisis intervention and brief stabilizing care.
  • Patient management and treatment include coordination of care both internal and external to University of Michigan Health System and assisting patients with appropriate levels of care.
  • Participating in the education and training of students, and staff from social work and other disciplines.
  • Facilitating and addressing patient, family and visitor concerns and clinical case management as needed.
  • Coordinating admissions, outpatient care, verifying insurance, completing petitions and coordinating with PES treatment team, law enforcement probate court and other key personnel.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
  • A current licensure to practice social work in the State of Michigan.
  • Clinical practice concentration and field practicum and direct work experience in psychiatric health care required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience and training with managing patients and visitors who have behavioral dyscontrol and the ability to de-escalate escalating behavior per UMHS/PES practices and knowledge of the Michigan Mental Health Code are critical to this position.
  • Prefer candidate with direct psychiatric emergency services experience and clinical social work experience with inpatient psychiatry and community mental health working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • The ideal candidate will have strong assessment skills, knowledge of community resources, comfort with fast-paced care environment, and a proven ability to work well with patients and families as well as staff in community agencies.
  • Able to relate well with diverse client populations while managing a large caseload with multiple competing demands.
  • Efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs and effective case dispositions in a fast pace care environment.
  • Independent, sound decision-making is necessary for success in this position.
  • Skills in electronic charting, data entry using multiple data bases, and phone systems.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a timely manner while collaborating with the Psychiatric Emergency Services treatment team and other providers.

Work Schedule

This position will work 20 hours (two 10-hour shifts) a week on the weekends from 10:00pm - 8:30am

Work Locations

This position will work out of the Psychiatric Emergency Services unit within the Ann Arbor hospital campus.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Advancement through the career ladder at the Expert or Clinical Scholar Level is required for placement in the MSW Senior Classification.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.